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No Podcast for 3/20

March 20th, 2011 No comments

“Ah, snap!” Something went wrong with the recorder so there won’t be a podcast this week. That’s a bummer: I thought it was pretty good. But there’s always next week!

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Scheduled Downtime Monday 11/22

November 20th, 2010 No comments

Hey, if you don’t go there a lot you probably won’t notice, but the church website will be down Monday 11/22 for some maintenance. We’ll be migrating from an offline system called iWeb to a CMS called WordPress.

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Mechanical Bible Study

May 22nd, 2009 No comments

On a lark, I just posted an item about a search I did for all the verses in the New Testament that matched certain criteria. I’m posting this note because it might not be obvious that I’m aware of some dangers inherent in a too-mechanical study of the Bible.

First, as I considered the problem, I realized it is a hard thing to describe grammatically. For example, my original search was for 2nd-person verbs. But that’s not enough, since many commands or promises or reassurances are issued to a third person yet have implications for the hearer (John 3:16, for example: “everyone who believes … may have”). If I spent any more time, I’m sure I could come up with other examples.

Second, I didn’t (initially) make it clear that the list is not the end. The list of matching verses is rather a starting point for further study. For example, the first result is from Matthew 2:20, where the angel says to Joseph: “get up” and go to Egypt with the child and its mother. This is obviously not a command to all future Christians, because it is directed at a specific person in a unique circumstance. The software can’t figure that out, but a reader can.

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Spring Forward? But It’s Still Winter!

March 7th, 2009 No comments

Yecch. Daylight Savings Time begins earlier than ever this year. (They haven’t changed it again, it’s just that the second Sunday of March occurs 6 days earlier this year.)

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